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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. South Carolina follows the federal financial responsibility requirements, with additional rules for hazardous waste transporters. See the national section FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY for guidance on the federal rules.
• Administration and enforcement. The DHEC is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's financial responsibility requirements.
Many of South Carolina's environmental compliance statutes have financial responsibility requirements. Generally, these rules require that certain facilities prove they are able to pay for damages caused by releases to the environment. In most cases, the regulations specify the minimum required amounts and allowable mechanisms for demonstrating financial responsibility.
In South Carolina, there are several financial assurance mechanisms that owners or operators may use alone or in combination to demonstrate that they meet financial responsibility requirements sufficient to cover costs of cleanup of environmental damage caused by a spill or a leak, and third-party claims of personal injury or property damage.
Refer to the Table in this section for a summary ...